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"I have 5 kids on my own, and my daughter has 2 kids, I adopted my sister's twin boys, I've had them since they were born, then I just got my sister's 2 kids, so there's a lot of us," says Baker.
Deliveries like this only happen after months of work.
"You're going to make a lot of children and a lot of families happy today," says Michele Donegan.
Before the dawn, hundreds of volunteers gathered into an undisclosed location in West Nashville to prepare baskets of holiday cheer, each one loaded with plenty of food for a Christmas dinner and beyond. Plus, teddy bears and toys for under the tree. All of it donated.
"Just kept growing, growing and growing," says Joe Casey.
Joe Casey is the former Metro Police Chief who started the program over 50 years ago.
"It's amazing how far it's come, never thought when we started out with a couple of baskets and a couple of families that it would grow to as far as it has," says Casey.
"This is an opportunity for us to be there to share in good will, to show that we're the police and we want to help our community, that what we're about, we're public servants," says Donegan.
Hermitage Commander Michele Donegan is Chief Elf of the operation. She says all the work is well worth it.
"When you drop those baskets and those toys off and have that momma or that grandmother hug you with tears in their eyes, that's what it's all about, it's so addictive, you can't wait for next year to do it again," says Donegan.
This year's Christmas Basket Program served 235 families and gave toys to over 500 children.
Monday, December 24 2012, 10:29 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.